Mid air explosion forces jetliner to land in Mogadishu

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A suspected nefarious device exploded aboard a commercial aircraft Tuesday in Somalia forcing the pilot to land the plane back in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials say.

According to sources, the unidentified blast blew a hole in the plane cabin through which a passenger fell down and died, the passenger’s body was later located near Mogadishu. However, Abdiwahid Omar, the director of Somalia’s civil aviation authority was quoted as saying it was not clear the victim fell from the plane.

Preliminary reports from the Somali capital indicate authorities are investigating suspected ‘bombing’ of the Daallo Airlines flight that was bound for neighbouring Horn Africa nation of Djibouti Tuesday night.

Daallo CEO Mohammed Ibrahim Yassin told Forbes.com that it is premature to conclude the blast was caused by a bomb. The airline also confirmed all 60 passengers have been accounted for.

“Nothing is certain,” Mr. Ibrahim said of the bomb reports. Also there are reports indicating the blast was not related to a bomb but a mechanical malfunction.

The development has raised fears the Somali-based terror group Al-Shabaab had attempted to blow up the plane but the thus far no terrorist group has claimed responsibility of the incident.